The Whale
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Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale is the true story of a young killer whale, an orca nicknamed Luna, who makes friends with people after he gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to humans with his determination to make contact, which leads to laughter, conflict and unexpected consequences. -- (C) Official Site
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© Paladin Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's no denying that filmmakers Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit captured spectacular shots of both wildlife and picturesque scenery of evergreen-lined water under vibrant pink sunsets."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"A documentary ideal for schoolrooms, family viewing and discussion."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"The Whale defies all the odds to make people reconsider what they thought they knew about orcas, the so-called killer whale."
‑ Karen Benardello, We Got This Covered
"The sort of doc that presents an issue that's never quite fleshed out enough to present real solutions"
‑ Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects
"Educational, entertaining, and discussion-provoking "The Whale" is a family-friendly documentary that grows on its audience very quickly."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Thoughtful and moving, if often heavy-handed..."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Serious-minded, thought-provoking animal documentary will have a lengthy life, mostly in ancillary markets."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"The delicate, understated dignity of the story's presentation (particularly the scenes portraying the bond between the aboriginal people and Luna) pays off with resonance, especially in the film's final stages."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Stylistically raw and unpolished but appropriate to [...] details of emotional intimacy and the messiness of life's balance and imbalances."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"Avoids the pat solutions of movies geared to children like "Free Willy" but should be seen by them nonetheless since it is a necessary introduction to the problem posed by human encroachment on marine life that can lead to their extinction."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Docu dotes on its adorable, highly photogenic star, but nonstop voiceover commentary and exclamations of wonderment tend to lessen rather than enhance its impact."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Parents should know that the ending makes the last moments of this family-friendly documentary as tough as "Bambi." But the lessons about friendship are gigantic, indeed."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A congenial, though slow-starting, look at an amazing animal."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Nature lovers and animal activists will find much that speaks to them in this slender, resonant tale."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screen International
"Touching nature docu gets too emotional for littlest kids."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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